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Betty Garrett

( b. May 23, 1919 St. Joseph, Missouri, USA - d. Feb 12, 2011 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Relations: Mother-in-law of Karen Culliver
Wife of Larry Parks (1944 - 1975) his death

Betty Garrett's career began when a friend of the family arranged an audition with Martha Graham, who recommended her for a scholarship at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

Both Ms. Garrett and her mother arrived in New York in 1936. Working with Sandy Meisner, Lehman Engel and Margaret Webster, she concentrated on serious roles, feeling she was destined to be a dramatic actress. Performing in the Catskills during the summer, she was exposed to the talents of Danny Kaye, Imogene Coca and her future On the Town co-star Jules Munshin. She made her Broadway debut in 1942 in the revue Of V We Sing. Producer Mike Todd saw it and cast her as an understudy to Ethel Merman in Cole Porter's Something for the Boys in 1943. and Laffing Room Only followed, along with the Harold Rome revue Call Me Mister.

During two short years, 1948 to 1949, Ms. Garrett starred in series of notable pictures at the movie musical powerhouse studio, M-G-M. She was in "Words and Music," the fictionalized story of the songwriting partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart; played opposite Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams and Gene Kelly in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"; and appeared alongside Williams again in "Neptune's Daughter," in which she and Red Skelton sang the Oscar-winning song "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

Following her foray into Hollywood, Ms. Garrett and Parks replaced Judy Holliday and Sydney Chaplin in the Broadway production of Bells Are Ringing. In the coming years, she would return to Broadway in Beg, Borrow or Steal, Spoon River Anthology, A Girl Could Get Lucky and The Supporting Cast. From the 1980s on, she often appeared in an autobiographical one-woman show called Betty Garrett and other songs.


ProductionsDate of Productions
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Betty Garrett [Hattie Walker]
Apr 05, 2001 - Jul 14, 2001
Meet Me in St. Louis
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Betty Garrett [Katie]
Nov 02, 1989 - Jun 10, 1990
The Supporting Cast
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Betty Garrett [Mae]
Aug 06, 1981 - Sep 05, 1981
A Girl Could Get Lucky
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett [Penny Moore]
Sep 20, 1964 - Sep 26, 1964
Spoon River Anthology
[Musical, Original]
  • Starring: Betty Garrett [Reader]
Sep 29, 1963 - Jan 04, 1964
Beg, Borrow or Steal
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett [Clara]
Feb 10, 1960 - Feb 13, 1960
Bells Are Ringing
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Starring: Betty Garrett
      Ella Peterson - Replacement
Nov 29, 1956 - Mar 07, 1959
Call Me Mister
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Starring: Betty Garrett [Mrs. Josephine Wilson, A Waitress, The Wave, Customer, The Grandmother, Mrs. Winthrop, The Hostess]
Apr 18, 1946 - Jan 10, 1948
Laffing Room Only
[Musical, Revue, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett ["Go Down To Boston Harbor" Singer, "Stop That Dancing" Singer, "This Is As Far As I Go" Singer, "Sunny California" Singer, "The Steps of the Capitol" Singer]
Dec 23, 1944 - Jul 14, 1945
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett [Sgt. Maguire]
Jan 13, 1944 - Mar 11, 1944
Something for the Boys
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett [Mary-Frances]
  • Understudy: Betty Garrett [Blossom Hart]
Jan 07, 1943 - Jan 08, 1944
Let Freedom Sing
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett
Oct 05, 1942 - Oct 11, 1942
Of V We Sing
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Betty Garrett
Feb 11, 1942 - Apr 25, 1942
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